Del Valle
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Del Valle
City: Livermore
Park: Del Valle Regional Park

Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 9:30 AM

Event Notes:

Del Valle Wildflower Hike

A two-for-one hike along the East shore of Lake Del Valle. We'll search for wildflowers on this moderate+ 7.7 mile, 1400 ft or challenging 10.8 mile, 2000 ft hike from the Arroyo Road Staging Area.

Both hikes start from below the dam at the Arroyo Road Staging Area onto the East Shore Trail. At the top of the hill at the Heron Bay Trail, the hikes will then split up.

The long hike continues along the East Shore Trail to Swallow Bay, returning along the single track Swallow Bay Trail and East Shore Trail.

1/4 mile after turning onto the Heron Bay Trail both hikes will stop to rest/snack overlooking the lake at the fence line before the trail descends. After the snack both hikes return via a combination of Heron Bay and East Shore Trails, taking the single track Heron Bay Trail when available.

For Google Maps directions to Arroyo Road Staging Area click here

Note: There is no longer a parking fee required at the Arroyo Staging Area.

Leader: Joel Schantz

Trail Notes:

We'll do the East Shore Trail off of Arroyo Road Staging Area. It goes along a ridge above Heron Bay and Swallow Bay at the huge lake at Del Valle Regional Park. We can do the full 10 mile round trip to Badger Cove, or turn around earlier depending on the groups ambition. Overall, should take 4 to 5 hours. Bring snacks/lunch!

UPDATE! A friend of mine who is familiar with the Del Valle route we are doing has added these comments. Apparently the parking fee will only be $2 instead of $6. My mistake. Her comments below..…

The parking fee at the Arroyo entrance is only $2.00, the other entrance is the $6 one. It's better to park in the lot than down the street. You'll probably not get very good cell coverage out there, so I'd let people know the road basically dead ends at this entrance, the dam entrance. They're going in the right direction if they see signs for the VA and Taylor Family camp and drive past the Wente Winery, restaurant and golf course.

Directions to Trailhead:

Directions: 580 towards Livermore. Take Portola Ave exit. Drive SE on Portola Ave and turn right on North L Street. After crossing First St., North L St. becomes South L St. and then Arroyo Road. Continue on Arroyo Road past Sycamore Grove and the US Veterans Admin Hospital, all the way to the end. The staging area is on the left. It is $6 to park in the staging area, but you can park in other areas up the road if you are willing to walk a bit. Apparently there is no parking on Arroyo Road.

TrailHead Parking Fee: $2

The trailhead information on this page was last updated Monday, October 18, 2004.